Japan. A Winter Journey Part 1

It’s a bit contrary to what one might think: If you travel to the land of the rising sun in winter, don’t expect to actually see the sun. On Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island you rarely get a glimpse of the sun, the same can be said about blue skies. White is the dominant colour of the landscape and snow is the reason people from all over the world visit there in winter.

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Japan. A Winter Journey Part 1

It’s a bit contrary to what one might think: If you travel to the land of the rising sun in winter, don’t expect to actually see the sun. On Hokkaido, the northernmost Japanese island you rarely get a glimpse of the sun, the same can be said about blue skies. White is the dominant colour of the landscape and snow is the reason people from all over the world visit there in winter.

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Round Two

Starting this winter, for the first time we are using exclusively a new stretch material that is made completely from recycled raw materials. Textile engineer and Maloja head of production Sven Köhler tells us the story behind.

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The Leaf Hunt

In mid-October when the days in the Alps become shorter, the sun sits a bit lower and cobwebs float through the air, “Koharu“ (Little Spring), begins in Japan. Also referred to as “Indian Summer“ in Japan, this time is a prelude to a beautiful display of colour. Nature seems to rethink before the approaching winter and shows its beauty in all its splendour on the leaves of trees.

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Cyclists Perspective

How can one be so passionate about something that is physically exhausting? Passion is often impossible for an outsider to understand, but ingrained in the personality of the cyclist. If you have ever talked to someone who has cycled an alpine pass, you will have noticed how his or her eyes light up. Just talking about their experiences builds excitement, as they mentally relive the moments climbing towards the summit.

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Mountain Biking North of The Polar Circle

Lyngenfjord? Have you ever heard of it? If you have it is probably from ski tourers and some probably claim that the ski touring areas are almost always good mountain bike areas.

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Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2017

Once again there was no turning back. I had just made it out of a trail running slump, found pleasure in biking again and then… The Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2017 happened. 2 runners making 1 team, 7 days, 4 countries, 267.4 km and 15,556 vertical meters.

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Danger

Daniel Schäfer has been a part of the Maloja family for over 10 years and to share his story with you has been well overdue. After finishing the catalog photo shoot with fellow Malojan’s Bella Chen and Guido Tschugg we had the time to sit down and interview „Danger Dan“.

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Plan B

Initially, our plans were different. We were into telling a story of climbing in our backyard, of reading lines, dreaming of new possibilities and achieving new skills. The story was to take place at the “Irrenhaus” translated as the so-called “madhouse”, which is a climbing area close to Lofer, Austria that had been explored by Markus Bendler and some friends

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Japan. A Journey Part 2

Our trip had an incredibly tight schedule and could be compared to that of an overly motivated tourist. We had to try and see as much as we could; mountain villages, rice fields, temples and a trip to the sea for hiking and mountain biking.

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Japan. A Journey Part 1

Tokyo is loud, it’s colorful and a bustling city, and at least that’s what we had anticipated. The peace and quite we experienced upon our arrival at the airport proved us wrong. Soft hues, carpeting, nobody talking on the phone, everything was running in unison and practically silent.

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Fast Legs

Some legs just want to go fast, hard and uphill. Ski mountaineers have such legs and they fuel the passion for competition and intensify their love for the mountains.

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Cyclo-cross

When the days are getting shorter and the roads slick, the team captain and founder of the maloja Pushbikers Christian „Grasi“ Grasmann has one time or another demonized his job as a cycling professional.

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Boundless Seamless Technology

Seldom has a technique fascinated us as much as seamless technology. The goal is to design a garment with minimal seam usage, that feels like a second skin and that can be worn for running, cycling, yoga or in the gym. Seamless technology has opened up new design perspectives for us.

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Wild Card

To create great photos you need surreal locations and ideal conditions, therefore it’s a good thing to have a wild card. Our wild card is Mr. Müller and if anyone knows where to find powder in November then it’s him.

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Simply. Good.

Everything one needs is there and everything that one could do without is not there. Payments are based on trust and good will, if only everything in life could be so easy as the self-catering lodges of the Norwegian Hiking Association (DNT).

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Birch & Moss

In the morning the wind whistles over the Fjell and shakes our cabin from its sleep. Cross-country skiing on this day? In this weather? Forget about it! Staying in bed under the warm comfort of blankets sounds much nicer.

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Horizons expand

Travel is one of the best ways to expand ones horizons; with the sun upon your face get out on the road and let your inhibitions drift away, explore countries, meet new people and make many friends along the way.

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Lasercutting & Ultrasonic Seams

The ski mountaineering race suit and the maloja Pushbikers road cycling collection were released last year, thus setting the bar high for any new maloja race wear. To further push our benchmarks we were inspired this season to develop the cross-country race suit.

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Beyond The Mountains
The Story

Is it because we are closer to the limits of the sky, or due to the elemental forces that created the mountains millions of years ago? Possibly it is the feeling of freedom created by the breathtaking views atop of the world. Whatever the reason may be, the power of mountains is forever present. Their power is addictive, contagious and they leave you feeling fulfilled as their energy stretches far beyond the mountains themselves.

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A new era

In the 1970s a group of young men from the USA who were in Gary Fisher’s inner circle collected old bicycles at the dump, fixed them up and raced across the dirt tracks and trails of their home state California. They were a little crazy, always looking for something new and loved nothing more than riding their bikes, which surmounted to the them unknowingly becoming bicycle pioneers.

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Indigo - Pushbikers Team Design 2017

We could hear the rumors building throughout the bike community. Many were asking what will the Pushbikers come up with next? From the past the community anticipated bizarre and abstract design concepts, yet no one expected the Maloja Pushbikers to present a minimalist design concept.

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Beyond The Mountains - The story

Is it because we are closer to the limits of the sky, or due to the elemental forces that created the mountains millions of years ago? Possibly it is the feeling of freedom created by the breathtaking views atop of the world. Whatever the reason may be, the power of mountains is forever present. Their power is addictive, contagious and they leave you feeling fulfilled as their energy stretches far beyond the mountains themselves.

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Tie Dye

We set out to create our own Batik (Tie Dye) colors and patterns for the Beyond the Mountains collection and to do so we turned our backyard patio into a color lab. The colors of the 1970‘s sparked our interest and we combined today’s technology through a collaboration of craftsmanship and computers. For all of us it was an exciting and challenging new approach to designing a print pattern.

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Three Passes | Three Regions

A look at the fascination for mountain passes - Monte Grappa | Gotthard Pass | Sella Ronda.

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Gorge de Verdon

The rocks of Verdon are simply the best limestone and for many it’s the perfect rock. A must visit for climbers, you need to have been there to understand, to have touched the wall, climbed the legendary gorge and felt the power emanating from the mountains.

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Tie Dye at Maloja

With 40 people ready to tie-dye we needed the weather to cooperate and we were blessed with a beautiful day to take our crafts outdoors.

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Time travel with friends

Leave your workday behind and take a trip with us to a place where time comes to a stand still. A place away from the crowds and where nature remains untouched. We set off on a short bike-packing trip together with friends and for this reason alone it was already perfect.

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Pushbikers race kit development

Likened to a fine wine a good product, like the new Pushbikers line, takes time to reach maturity. It took three years to develop the new high-end line for road biker, Christian Grasmann, the maloja Pushbikers Team founder and leader, and for the maloja development team to be satisfied. The result is an eight-piece line, which is nothing short of remarkable.

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ISPO MUNICH 2017

Four intense days at the world's biggest sports fair are behind us. Days, which once again showed us how nice it is to get together - and the importance of personal talks.

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Chiemgau Team Trophy 2017

Beginning of this year we took part at the Chiemgau Team Trophy for the third time already. 555 participants had made their way to Inzell to run or skate the 45 km to Reit im Winkl in fantastic weather. Even if only 475 arrived the finish line, the enthusiasm for the event and cross-country skiing was noticeable everywhere. To be on the track with so many like-minded people is simply always nice.

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LES TEMPS CHANGENT. TIMES ARE CHANGING.

Back when Viktor Sedlacek founded the Grande Hotel de l’Europe more than a hundred years ago, he would not have been able to imagine the following: Tom Oehler, trialbike legend, elegantly jumping over the reception front desk while having his photo taken by photographer Armin Walcher working with a Leica medium format camera. Obviously, times are changing.

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Tour de Eurobike

So, there we have it! Wasted, but happy and intact after our arrival at our final destination from our "Tour de Eurobike" road trip. All in all it was truly everything more than one could imagine from such a trip, nothing short of the full monty, "Joy and pain. Sunshine and rain."

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